My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir
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An Academy Award-winning actress and the internationally bestselling author of Out on a Limb delivers her touching, warm, and headline-making memoir. In My Lucky Stars Shirley MacLaine talks candidly and personally about her four decades in Hollywood, especially about the men and women--her "lucky stars"--who touched and challenged her life.
second comeback picture. He understood the contradictions, the nooks and crannies, and the magnificent “magnanimosity” of women. The picture changed the Hollywood landscape where women were concerned. But no one could come up with a follow-through. Jim stood alone in his consummate understanding of contradictions in human beings; of men and women. He was also brilliant about aging. During the making of Terms, I was so glad to find myself comfortable with the aging aspects of Aurora. I remember
from the front office to the set, and an artistic ambassador from the set to the front office. The producer is on the scene of the production, but represents the home office. A director needs a powerful and good producer to be on his or her side because the director is also a diplomatic ambassador to the cast and crew. The tempers that flare and the creative differences that escalate to open warfare often require peacemakers. In our business, however, the peacemakers are not blessed. They are
director. A director does the same with the cast and crew. The game is played with both poker faces and melodramatic antics. The ante is raised when you want someone to fold. The jokes, the camaraderie, the suspicions are cards played close to the vest. Pretty soon you realize it’s never about who wins the pot or even how the picture does. It’s all about what you’re learning about yourself while playing the game. Hollywood is a place that puts you in touch with your desires. Only when you desire
presence on the screen, unless it is etched with comic relief or car chases, is usually unacceptable, it makes us squirm and wriggle. We are afraid of over sentimentality, of seeming unintel-lectual. Yet we know that the feminine side of ourselves is nurturing, we know our feminine side is intuitive. We know our feminine side is mostly, and at its best, patient and nonjudgmental. And our feminine side recognizes that we cannot go on as we are and expect to have a loving and peaceful world. Still,
involvement, and with involvement there is love. Thus the waters of reality become murky. I have had these feelings more than once. It is difficult for marriages and other long-term relationships to survive the narcotic fantasies of movie relationships. The emotional illusion coupled with the separation demands of a location put a strain on a primary relationship that is difficult to withstand. There you are, cradled together, sometimes on a foreign location, playing lovers because the script